Let's go back to Death Penalty myth #1. Consider the facts I am repeating below:
FINANCIAL FACTS ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY
• The California death penalty system costs taxpayers $114 million per year beyond the costs of keeping convicts locked up for life. Taxpayers have paid more than $250 million for each of the state’s executions. (L.A. Times, March 6, 2005)
• In Kansas, the costs of capital cases are 70% more expensive than comparable non-capital cases, including the costs of incarceration. (Kansas Performance Audit Report, December 2003).
• In Indiana, the total costs of the death penalty exceed the complete costs of life without parole sentences by about 38%, assuming that 20% of death sentences are overturned and reduced to life. (Indiana Criminal Law Study Commission, January 10, 2002).
• The most comprehensive study in the country found that the death penalty costs North Carolina $2.16 million per execution over the costs of sentencing murderers to life imprisonment. The majority of those costs occur at the trial level. (Duke University, May 1993).
• Enforcing the death penalty costs Florida $51 million a year above what it would cost to punish all first-degree murderers with life in prison without parole. Based on the 44 executions Florida had carried out since 1976, that amounts to a cost of $24 million for each execution. (Palm Beach Post, January 4, 2000).
• In Texas, a death penalty case costs an average of $2.3 million, about three times the cost of imprisoning someone in a single cell at the highest security level for 40 years. (Dallas Morning News, March 8, 1992).
Here's another one:
• NY - The estimated costs for New York’s death penalty, which was reinstated in 1995: $160 million, or approximately $23 million for each person sentenced to death, with no executions likely for many years. (The Times Union, Sept. 22, 2003)
HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT YOUR TAXES RAISED TO REINSTATE THE DEATH PENALTY WISCONSIN???
I can give moral, religious and practical arguments against the death penalty all day long and almost half of Wisconsin will stand in the voting booth on Election Day and decide to go with their gut feelings of right and wrong, and vote no on this referendum, but the bottom line is this:
A certain group of Wisconsinites have no moral conscience on this issue. I have a fellow blogger friend who flat out admitted this to me. "I believe in revenge!" He proudly stated to my face.
Okay that is a fact, the death penalty is revenge, but when I asked him how much he was willing to pay in higher taxes $500? $1000? $2000 $5000 to have his revenge, he recoiled in front of me and said "I don't want to pay ANY more taxes for ANYTHING!!!!"
The facts above are just that facts and if you go to the website links above, these are just the tip of the iceberg on how much MORE EXPENSIVE the death penalty is over life imprisonment.
VOTE YES and you vote to RAISE your OWN Taxes!!!
VOTE NO and you preserve a long time Wisconsin tradition of State Independence, and at the same time, your TAXES DON'T GO UP!!!!
This seems really simple to me Wisconsin....
Let this sink in a bit and then post back with your thoughts...
I want ALL who are voting Yes for the death penalty in November to read this and POST how much you are HONESTLY willing to raise your taxes to reinstate the death penalty in Wisconsin.